delivers first Longbow Collective Training System
Boeing has delivered the first Longbow Collective Training System the world's first multiple aircraft rotary-wing training device to the U.S. Army. The system allows a full Apache Longbow company of six helicopters to prepare for combat together.
The 12 aircrew cockpits, two for each helicopter, are networked together to allow each member to see and interact with the others as they rehearse missions. "This is truly a state-of-the-art training system, and it took tremendous effort from our team to bring this new capability to Army aviation," said Keith Hertzenberg, vice president and general manager of Training Systems and Services, part of Boeing Military Aerospace Support.
The Longbow Collective Training System is part of a full suite of Apache Longbow training devices Boeing provides to the Army.
The suite also includes the Longbow Crew Trainer, the L6 and L7 maintenance training devices, part-task trainers, computer-based training and instructional media.
Connexion conducts historic videoconference
Connexion by Boeing achieved a historic milestone late last month when it linked passengers on a jetliner 37,000 feet above Arizona by videoconference with participants at Boeing's Annual Investor Conference in St. Louis. This marked the first public demonstration of true broadband videoconferencing between an airplane and the ground, based on the Federal Communication Commission's definition of broadband (at least 200 kilobits per second both upstream and downstream).
Conference participants watched Connexion by Boeing President Scott Carson, who was at the meeting, interact via a live video feed with System Development Director Ed Laase, aboard the Connexion One Boeing 737-400 airplane.
"What you saw was broadband at work, and that's what Connexion by Boeing is all about," Carson told the conference attendees. "Broadband is here. It's going to be the service of choice. And we're going to be there with the right service at the right time."
As conference invitees returned to their laptops, they received a second demonstration of in-flight broadband's potential. Soon after the videoconference, Laase sent each conference invitee an e-mail containing a digital photo showing him aboard Connexion One during the videoconference.
ATA increases Boeing fleet with 31 deliveries in one year
American Trans Air recently received its 31st delivery in the last 12 months, a new 737-800. ATA, the North American launch customer for both the 757-300 and the 737-800 with winglets, operates one of the youngest fleets in the United States. In the past year, Indianapolis-based ATA has taken delivery of 22 737-800s, eight 757-300s and a 757-200, at a rate of about two airplanes per month. The carrier currently operates a fleet of 46 Boeing airplanes: 22 737-800s, 16 757-200s and eight 757-300s.
Singapore gets its first AH-64D Apache
Boeing delivered the first of 20 next-generation AH-64D Apache helicopters to the Republic of Singapore Air Force on May 17. Brigadier General Lim Kim Choon, chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, accepted the keys and logbook for the aircraft from Al Winn, Boeing vice president of Apache Programs. Officials from the Republic of Singapore Air Force, the U.S. Army, the State of Arizona and the Apache Team participated in a delivery ceremony in Mesa, Ariz. "This is a special day for everyone here," said Pat Shanahan, Boeing vice president and general manager of U.S. Army Programs. "It marks the arrival of a new member of our Apache family."
Brown named VP of ATM Programs
Boeing named Kevin Brown vice president of Air Traffic Management Programs on May 28. In this position, Brown will have broad responsibility for leading ATM efforts to collaborate with stakeholders in developing effective, global solutions for enhancing aviation safety and security while increasing air traffic capacity. Brown will be based at the ATM office in McLean, Va. Previously, Brown was the director of Puget Sound Engineering for ATM and served as the business unit's Puget Sound site leader. Brown's 22 years at Boeing include experience on the International Space Station, Joint STARS, Joint Strike Fighter, and the 777 and Next-Generation 737 Programs. Brown replaces Kent Fisher, who in April was promoted to vice president, Future Customer and Market, Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Tim Peters replaces Brown as director of ATM Puget Sound Engineering, while Andy Hutchison will assume Brown's Puget Sound site leader duties for ATM.
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